Arrivals and Sailings: The Making of George Wyllie

by Louise Wyllie and Jan Patience

Arrivals and Sailings: The Making of George Wyllie

The Making of George Wyllie.


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‘A sumptuous publication … filled with lovely images, many of which have not been seen before, and what emerges is a picture of the maverick maker that is more rounded than most people will know’ – The Herald

‘Tells the extraordinary story of one of Scotland’s most celebrated and unusual artists … It gives an intimate insight into the sculptor’s life, from humble and happy beginnings in the suburbs of Glasgow through turbulent years in Europe and on the Pacific Ocean with the Royal Navy during World War II’ – Press and Journal

‘George Wyllie is a credit to the artistic brilliance of Scottish people’ – Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

‘A fascinating insight into the great, quixotic life of George Wylie, and how he came to leave his indelible mark on the Scottish arts landscape’ – Alan Cumming

The Making of George Wyllie has been co-written by his elder daughter, Louise Wyllie, and arts journalist Jan Patience. Containing never-before-seen images and fresh insight into his influences and early life, this book seeks to answer questions about the forces which shaped Wyllie’s unique worldview.

The voyage begins with Wyllie’s Glasgow childhood – a period ‘disadvantaged by happiness’ – and moves on to time spent serving in the Pacific with the Royal Navy during WWII, where he witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the world’s first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.

After the war, like Robert Burns and Adam Smith before him, Wyllie became an Excisemen. He made ‘time for art’ in his forties, going on to create memorable public art works such as the life-sized Straw Locomotive, which hung from the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow, and the giant seaworthy Paper Boat, with the letters QM (Question Mark) on her side.

By the time of his death at the age of ninety in 2012, this idiosyncratic self-taught artist had laid out his vision of himself as the artist-shaman, arrow in hand, making a last Cosmic Voyage.

Louise Wyllie is the artist’s elder daughter. Recent writings include an episode of CBeebies drama, Katie Morag. She edited and commissioned the recent George Wyllie Retrospective exhibition catalogue, which won an D&AD In-Book Award.

Jan Patience has been a journalist and editor for over twenty-five years. She writes on visual art for the Herald, Homes and Interiors Scotland and the Daily Record, among others. Jan was a driving force behind the Whysman Festival in 2012.

ISBN: 9781846973062

Publication date: 04/10/2018

Format: Paperback (also available as an eBook)

Extent: 224

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon